Adapting Nathaniel Hawthorne to the Screen: Forging New Worlds

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März 2008



Considered one of the greatest American authors, Nathaniel Hawthorne created a memorable body of literature. In Adapting Nathaniel Hawthorne to the Screen: Forging New Worlds, Laurence Raw demonstrates how filmmakers have turned to Hawthorne to comment on the nation's past, present, and future. From filmmakers who use Hawthorne's material to depict American life of the mid-19th century to those commenting on various aspects of 20th century American life such as the "Red Scare," Raw surveys the canon of adaptations produced over the last eight decades. Raw discusses adaptations of the short stories "Feathertop," "The Snow Image," "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment," and "Rappacinni's Daughter," as well as the novels The House of Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter, providing unique insight into American history from a variety of perspectives.


Laurence Raw teaches in the Faculty of Education, Baskent University, Ankara, Turkey. He is the author of Changing Class Attitudes (1994), The Country and the City (1997) and Adapting Henry James to the Screen (Scarecrow, 2006).


Laurence Raw has delved into the many film manifestations of Hawthorne's writings with a clear headed and cogent view, analyzing both where they have succeeded or have not. The great American author has shown his stories to have a relevance and timelessness that have transcended the printed medium. The different takes on the Scarlet Letter are fascinating to read about, as different mores and viewpoints of the passing decades put their own spin on Hawthorne's most famous novel. Of particular interest is the way Hawthorne's writings have been brought to filmic life; as conventional drama, animation, short film, and even broad farce. Mr. Raw's look into the films based on Hawthorne's writings is a must both for film fans and Hawthorne fans. -- Michael Legge, Director of Loons
EAN: 9780810860490
ISBN: 081086049X
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2008
Seitenanzahl: 175 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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